THE PAPER MACHETE FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW!
Machete co-creator and host, Christopher Piatt.
Come celebrate a full half-decade of our Chicago existence with this dazzling lineup of Machete veterans:
BRAN EINSTEIN AND GARY PASCAL
Plus CHAD THE BIRD, musical comedy by BILL LARKIN and musical guests JONAS FRIDDLE AND THE MAJORITY!
3 p.m. at THE GREEN MILL, Free!
Attention, anyone who’s ever wanted to audition for the Paper Machete!
Now’s your chance. Please come read something at our open incubator series, The Mash. Prepare either a 1000-word, 3rd-person essay OR a 6-minute character monologue (or sketch if you’re a team). Make sure it’s based on something happening in the current week’s headlines. Other than these rules, anything goes.
The Mash is a loose, informal jam, but it’s helped us find some great writers and performers over the years. Don’t be afraid to come give it a whirl.
Sunday, 11/30. 3pm. High-Hat Club, 1920 W Irving Park. Free.
…returns this Sunday, 10/26 at the High-Hat (1920 W Irving Park) at 3 p.m.!
Drew Michael joins this week’s Paper Machete.
THOM GAUGHAN AND ANDREW KNOX
Plus musical guests REPUBLIC OF LIGHTS and more surprises!
3 PM at THE GREEN MILL, free!
Samantha Irby (photo via timeoutchicago.com)
BRENDAN DOWLING and TIM SNIFFEN
Special musical guests GLAD FANNY and THE BORED OF EDUCATION
Plus: JOSH ZAGOREN as CHAD THE BIRD
3pm, Horseshoe, 4115 N. Lincoln Ave, FREE!
Last week we announced a raffle for a free bike tune-up at Easy Rider for anyone who donated any amount to the Machete that week. Well, the raffle deadline’s been extended to this Saturday 7/30! Simply visit our Donate page and give online to be entered, or come see the 7/30 show and purchase a raffle ticket in person. The winner will be drawn at Saturday’s show.
You do not need to present at the show to win. If you don’t live in the Chicago area, we can send the certificate to the lucky, bike-riding Chicagoan of your choice. Ride on!
The July 9th show’s topic include Denver pot dispensaries, Apple’s editing software debacle, creepy “Princess Di at 50” coverage, the unnoticed death of a Massachusetts woman in a public pool, pop stars performing for dictators & more. We’ll have a visit from Tony winner Rondi Reed and music from two of our favorite recurring Machete acts.
Rondi Reed (actress, August: Osage County)
Will Nedved (playwright, The Gift Theatre)
Lisa Buscani (writer/performer, The Neo-Futurists)
Marcus Gilmer (editor, A.V. Club)
Peter Kremidas (iO and ComedySportz)
David Isaacson (writer/performer, Theater Oobleck)
Ali Weiss (writer/performer, Machete producer and video editor)
Jessie FIsher and Erik Hellman
Real Tits (the latest band from John Szymanski and John Bliss)
This Saturday we kick off your 4th of July weekend by mixing our usual shenanigans with a healthy dose of Americana. We’ve got a robber baron, a blue puppet, and talk of Americans from Phyllis Schlafly to George Parker. If you think you can find a better, freer show on Saturday at 3pm, we’ve got a bridge to sell you.
Chad Briggs (comedian)
Molly Brennan (500 Clown)
Bilal Dardai (The Neo-Futurists)
Andrew Marchetti (actor, writer, puppeteer for Crash Pad, with Mooch, the blue monster who is friends with Machete regular Chad the Bird)
Ali Weiss (writer & video editor, The Paper Machete producer)
Wendy Mateo (Dominizuelan)
Micah Philbrook (pH Productions, The Second City)
Stephanie Shaw (BoyGirlBoyGirl)
Robbie and Donna Fulks